Margia Argüello Appointed as Sr. Business Development Manager, BioHealth and Life Sciences, Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship at Maryland Department of Commerce

The Maryland Department of Commerce has appointed Margia Argüello as Sr. Business Development Manager, BioHealth and Life Sciences, Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship. She has been tasked with cultivating and coordinating opportunities to expand, retain, and attract biohealth and life sciences businesses in Maryland. This includes the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to address the needs of the industry, such as talent attraction and workforce development; capital investment activity expansion; as well as technology transfer and commercialization strategies. Margia will also be working closely with entrepreneurs, start-ups, and early-stage life sciences companies to navigate the resources available to them throughout the Maryland life sciences ecosystem.

“Margia’s knowledge of biotechnology and healthcare industries, experience with start-ups as well as her extensive network of entrepreneurs make her a great addition to our Commerce team, we are thrilled to welcome her!” Said Ulyana Desiderio, Director of BioHealth and Life Sciences, Maryland Department of Commerce. 

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Margia served as the Associate Director of Innovation Initiatives at Johns Hopkins University where she worked with alumni founders of early-stage startups, supported Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ student accelerator, and designed programs and platforms to engage stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem. As an Associate at Johns Hopkins Medicine International, she managed education and consulting projects for hospitals in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Margia brings ten years of experience in laboratory operations and analysis from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public’s Health Center for Human Nutrition at the Department of International Health.  She is also a board director at the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was named one of Maryland’s The Daily Record 2020 Leading Women honorees.

“I am honored to join an exceptional team at the Department of Commerce, especially at a time when Maryland’s bio-innovation ecosystem is taking a leadership role nationally and internationally. I look forward to working closely with our companies, universities, incubators, entrepreneurs, investors, and other strategic partners as we continue to support the growth our life sciences sector,” said Margia Argüello, Sr. Business Development Manager, BioHealth and Life Sciences, Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship, Maryland Department of Commerce.

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Andy Eckert

Andy has worked with BioBuzz for the last decade to help spread the word of the BioHealth Capital Region even before it was branded with that name. His background includes years at MedImmune supporting the Commercial Operations Organization before becoming a BioHealth Nomad working with various clients in Operations, Communications and Strategic Services.